Traffic Tickets

What do I do Now?

A traffic payment is due in the Clerk's office by the compliance date (within 30 calendar days of issuance date on the citation). Payments received, regardless of postmark, or made after the compliance date will incur an additional late fee and possible suspension of your driver's license.

A Civil Traffic Citation is a noncriminal traffic violation that is not punishable by incarceration and for which there is no right to a trial by jury or a right to court-appointed counsel. Most civil traffic infractions do not require a court appearance, but can be disposed by paying a civil penalty, requesting an infraction hearing, or electing to attend a driver improvement course. The Clerk of the Court collects all traffic fines and distributes the proceeds according to law. The total amount of a traffic fine consists of amounts required to be paid by Florida Law as well as by County and City ordinances.

OPTIONS
Upon receipt of a civil traffic citation for any non-criminal violation, you have 30 days from the date of issuance of the ticket to exercise any one of the following three options:

Pay the Ticket Online or at a Retail location

A traffic payment is due in the Clerk's office by the compliance date (within 30 days of receipt of the citation).

Payments may be made in person, by phone, by mail, online, or at trusted retail store locations. The Clerk's office accepts cash, money orders, cashier's checks, traveler's checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express.

How to Pay with Cash at a Retail Location  cashlocations

You can pay your court-related fee with cash at CVS Pharmacy®, 7-Eleven®, Family Dollar®, ACE Cash Express and Casey's General Stores. When selecting the cash payment option, you onty need to follow three easy steps after you print a PaySlip payment code from our online payment site. Cash payments must be made by the deadline date shown on the the Payslip.

Click HERE  for more information about how to pay with cash at participating retail locations.

Option 1 - Pay the Ticket and Elect to Attend a Driver Improvement Course    Traffic Citation Options Form
This Driver Improvement Course option may not be available to you if:

  • Your traffic violation requires a mandatory court appearance
  • You possess a valid Class A, B or C commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • You have elected to attend a Florida approved basic driver improvement course within the last 12 calendar months or more than a total of 5 times in a lifetime
  • You are not eligible for Driving School Election as determined by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Online Driver License Check

To choose this option, you first must pay the required amount for your violation, to include an additional $7.00 affidavit fee, to the Court within 30 days of the offense date. You will then be given 90 days to successfully complete a Florida approved basic driver improvement course and provide the completion certificate to the Clerk of Court. You may submit the certificate by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; hand-deliver or submit via US Mail. The 90 days begins on the date the school is elected and the payment is processed.  See the yellow pages under "Traffic School" or "Driving Instruction" for Florida approved schools or visit the Florida Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Failure to comply with the requirements of the Driver Improvement Course election option once you have chosen this option will result in a report for suspension of your driver’s license to the Department of Motor Vehicles; additional court costs, fines and late charges.

Option 2 - Contest the Ticket In Court  
If you choose to enter a Not Guilty plea and contest the traffic citation in court, you must notify the Clerk in writing within 30 days of the date the citation was issued to request a traffic infraction hearing using the  Traffic Citation Options Form. You may deliver this completed form to the Clerk's office in person or by mail within 30 days of the compliance date. When you choose this option, you plead not guilty and you waive your right to pay the fine or elect to attend a driver improvement course.

After receipt of this completed form by the Clerk, you will receive a notice from the clerk advising you of the date and time of your hearing. If you reside outside of Okaloosa County, you may attend in person at your own expense or be heard at the hearing by way of an Affidavit of Defense. Subpoenas will be issued for the law enforcement officer as well as any witnesses listed by the officer. You are responsible for making sure any witnesses you want to testify appear at the hearing.

The court may impose a fine up to $500 (in cases of speed in a school zone, work zone or a death, fine may be $1,000) or require you to attend Driver Improvement Course, or both.

Contact Information

Crestview

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Customer Service
Okaloosa County Courthouse
101 East James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 689-5000

Ft. Walton Beach

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Customer Service
Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension
1940 Lewis Turner Blvd, Suite 1-300
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
(850) 651-7200

Frequently Asked Questions